Manifest destiny: Rebecca Casabonne’s life is just as she predicted it
BRECKENRIDGE – Some people aren’t so lucky when it comes to childhood dreams coming to life. But, when Rebecca Casabonne was 7 years old, she said she wanted to live in Colorado when she grew up. That dream did happen.
“In the second grade I wrote an autobiography about how I wanted to spend my summers on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, and my winters in Colorado,” Casabonne said.
And so, after graduating from “Seldom Straight” college, or Salem State College that is, in Salem, Mass., she moved to Block Island and met up with some friends who were moving to Breckenridge. That’s all this free-spirited girl needed to hear. She spent the next three winters in Breckenridge and summers on Block Island before making Breckenridge her full-time home.
Casabonne’s first job in the county was at Winter Sport in Beaver Run, where she sold sunglasses and goggles. Her second season, she was offered a cocktail waitress position at Tiffany’s (now Tiff’s). It was there she perfected her beverage knowledge by selling $1 drink specials (those were the days). And it was there she sang on stage with Moe Dixon to “Me and Bobby McGee” and had drunk tourists throw money at her.
Singing comes naturally to Casabonne. When she lived on Block Island, she sang in a band called The Swampwhore. That career never took off -after all, they only sang Johnny Cash cover tunes – but it was another dream Casabonne saw through.
While working at Tiffany’s she met her future husband, Steve, who co-owns Cornice Construction in Breckenridge. “When I saw him walk into the bar, my jaw dropped. He was so tall and gorgeous,” Casabonne said. “I knew right then that he was going to be the man I married.”
In 1993, Casabonne started working at the Breckenridge Brewery as a hostess/waitress. She later moved into a bartending position.
In 1997, Casabonne became pregnant, bought a condo with Steve on Baldy Mountain and gave birth to a daughter, Ani. She and Steve married the following year.
Today, Casabonne is happily married, the proud mom of a 5-year-old, and a hard-working manager at the Breckenridge Brewery.
“I’m so lucky to have such an awesome husband,” she said. “He brings out the best in me and brings balance to my life. I also feel lucky to be living here in Breckenridge. There are so many friendly, content people living here doing what they love, whose emphasis is on life and living in the moment, not being caught up in the grind,” Casabonne said.
Being a restaurant manager has its ups and downs. However, Casabonne said she only sees the positives with the long hours that come with her position. “My family, blood family, is thousands of miles away, but I’m with my chosen family, my friends and co-workers at the Brewery,” Casabonne said.
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